Now there's another line of defense for kids in the fight against bullies.
As a parent of a third-grader, bullying is definitely one of my biggest concerns. While I always hope my child would talk to me about any problems at school, it's undeniable that the more support there is to counteract bullying, the better.
Well now, in addition to parents, friends, and teachers, and especially in light of the fact that October is National Bullying Prevention Month, I'm pleased to tell readers about another way for kids to get help when they are being bullied. It's called the Crisis Text Line, and it's a free, 24/7 support line for kids in crisis. All a victim of bullying has to do is text 741741 from anywhere in the country, and he or she will be connected with a trained Crisis Counselor.
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The nonprofit organization states on its website: "Our first priority is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy."
Crisis Text Line also offers "active rescues" and offers emergency services to kids who are in danger of hurting themselves.
It's worth noting my third-grader doesn't have a phone yet...but I know one day she will and I'm glad there is something like the text line out there. Especially since, as HelloGiggles.com notes, body image is the most common issue bullies pick on victims about, and I know all too well how easy it is for a girl to struggle with self-esteem when mean girls abound.
Again, I hope she will always come to me first, so I can help her deal with bullying issues. But if she's anything like I was as a teenager, she might hate me one day! And in that case, I'll be sure to add 741741 to her contact list.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.